Tuesday, November 10, 2015

News Bytes

From the news last week . . .

Drug Bust reveals electricity theft


Two men were charged following the discovery of more than $2 million worth of cannabis in an industrial complex in Mascot in Sydney’s south. A forest of power cords and extension leads was part of an elaborate hydroponic setup cultivating a market garden of marijuana. Officers seized more than 650 cannabis plants estimated to be worth $2.2 million, both were charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, while the older man was also charged with using electricity without authority. According to the police, the men were stealing the power from the substation next door.

The men should lose marks for neatness, although the above pic does look a bit like the wiring around my desk.  Still, it’s still not as bad as Indian electrical poles:

Apparently to work on the wires and cabling they turn off the power to the entire neighbourhood, then climb up in their bare feet, do whatever they need to do, climb down, turn it back on, check if it's done and repeat until fixed.


Related story: 

Tesco advertises for Christmas lights untangler:

Huffington Post

From the Huffington Post:
British supermarket Tesco advertised for an "enthusiastic" person to detangle Christmas lights for needy customers this holiday season. 
If you want to apply, you simply must be “passionate about Christmas” and are "able to untangle three metres of Christmas lights in under three minutes." Also, you need to "have the energy and drive to be your best and exceed expectations." 
Thank you, Tesco, for understanding the pain and suffering we all go through when trying to get a little festive for the holidays.  
Hopefully the service will be a hit, and the lucky job recipient will get to untangle people's headphones in the off season. 
Perhaps they should advertise in India.


Whilst at the Huffington Post:

Australian ad banned as too suggestive:

Huffington Post

An Australian wine company’s ad has been banned in the UK for being too suggestive. The video shows a woman praising the wine, placing a half-full glass of wine at a low table in front of her crotch area and then saying "Some say you can almost taste the bush." She then hesitates for a moment before she awkwardly looks down, picks up the glass and walks away.

The UK Advertising Standards Authority received 8 complaints about the ad , including complaints from a wine promotion company and a charity dealing with alcohol-related issues.

The Brits can now sleep safe in their beds knowing that we colonials will not be corrupting their morals with such filth. 


The WTF story of the week:

Woman shreds over $1m to piss off her heirs


An Austrian woman, 85, cut up almost a million euros (A$1.1million) into tiny pieces in an apparent attempt to spite her heirs, authorities said on Thursday. 
After the woman died in a retirement home, the 950,000 euros as well as savings accounts books were found shredded on her bed, prosecutors said. 
State prosecutor Erich Habitzl confirmed the discovery — first reported in the Kurier Daily — but said there was nothing he could do for the relatives. 
“The damage of the money in the woman’s property is not a criminal matter, so we have not begun any investigation,” Habitzl told AFP.
Kurier reported however that the woman’s surviving family will have the last laugh, with Austria’s central bank (OeNB) saying it will replace all the cash. 
“If the heirs can only find shreds of money and if the origin of the money is assured, then of course it can all be replaced,” Friedrich Hammerschmidt, deputy head of the OeNB cashier division, told Kurier. 
“If we didn’t pay out the money then we would be punishing the wrong people.”

The Awww story of the week

Homeless man reunited with his dog


Charlie Griffith’s dog Brooklyn followed a wombat into a wombat hole and ended up stuck and lost in one of the wombat hole tunnels. Charlie and Brooklyn live in a tent near Nowra Oval.  Brooklyn disappeared into the 7m burrow off a bush track. A major rescue involving the fire brigade, ­ambulance service, wildlife rescue volunteers and police failed to locate and extract Brooklyn. Not even a $30,000 optic fibre camera and sensitive sound equipment could ­locate Brooklyn. Charlie was distressed when the authorities packed it in, calling an end to the $70,000 operation. The locals didn’t call it quits, they stepped up. 

Numbers grew to over 40 as word of their efforts spread via social media, small groups took turns digging, while others brought water and held torches. Another ­arrived with 20 pizzas.

After some time one man pushed a PVC pipe down the hole to listen, and Mr Griffith called to his beloved companion. Brooklyn, who had been silent for hours, replied with barks.

After 3 days down the hole, Charlie and Brooklyn were reunited.

Charlie and Brooklyn reunited

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